Fischer My Ranger 98 ReviewJanuary 12, 2018
- Good edge hold tip to tail
- Responsive and quick edge-to-edge
- Favors GS turns at speed
- Not very forgiving
- Sluggish in short turns
- Light tips can flap at speed
- Serious, not playful
A carving ski in a midfat body, the Fischer My Ranger 98 has a traditional feel with solid edge hold and a serious demeanor to boot. It also has a lightweight construction thanks to Fischer’s Air Tec Ti, which includes a layer of aerospace-grade carbon, plus a carbon inlay located in the thinned-out shovel.
Testers gave high scores for Responsiveness, singling out the edge grip and acuity at speed. Conversely, testers felt that the 98-mm-waisted ski felt sluggish in short turns and lacked forgiveness. One testers suggested the ski for skiers who appreciate feeling full edge grip tip to tail, while another tester recommended it to “East Coasters looking for a wider, carving ski and Western skiers who favor some oomph underfoot.” Opinions varied on the My Ranger 98. Scores ranged from high to average for Stability, Resort Float and Carving. Comments ranged with the scores, from “Stomp on it on boiler plate and the edges are there for you unconditionally” to “I wanted more meat underfoot since the lightweight construction felt too light for speed” as well as “Responsive and versatile” to “Not very playful, but will get you down with confidence.”
One reason for fluctuating tester scores comes from the ski’s design: According to Fischer, the My Ranger is a light freeride ski for climbing and downhill skiing. Several main elements are designed to save weight without sacrificing torsional rigidity including Air Tec Ti, which includes a layer of aerospace-grade carbon as well as strategic cutouts of material to reduce weight. The Carbon Nose adds a carbon inlay in the thin shovel. Downhill performance is enhanced with classic ABS sandwich sidewall construction, a poplar wood core and a flat tail. Air Tec Ti also adds a layer of dampening titanium. Therefore, the ski feels “directional,” (it can easily find the fall line) and has elements like responsiveness and solid edge grip, where the flat tail exits well out of the turn. It can also pivot and float decently, thanks the lightweight, rockered tip and 98-mm waist. However, Testers felt that the damp feeling took away excitement while entering and exiting the turn and that the ski was less forgiving for lower intermediate skiers.
Testers gave high scores for Responsiveness for the My Ranger 98. “It’s quick edge-to-edge and favors speed and GS turns,” said one tester. The directional feel is enhanced by a traditional sandwich sidewall construction and flat tail. Fischer also added a forward binding mounting position, which helps some skiers feel more stability and responsiveness from the front of the ski.
On the whole, the Fischer My Ranger 98 received average scores for Stability. Tester scores were not consistent here and included some top scores as well as average ones. One tester felt tip flap from the Carbon Nose tip, which has a slim profile and a carbon inlay. Another tester felt that the lightweight construction lacked “meat underfoot” at speed, while another tester felt “unconditional edges” even on boilerplate conditions.
Resort Float scores echoed those for Stability; ranging from high scores to average ones. Overall, testers felt that the My Ranger 98 was suitable for light powder but not full-blown blower pow.
On the whole, the Fischer My Ranger 98 is versatile in terms of being proficient around the mountain. It specializes in carving, favors speed and GS turns and is quick edge-to-edge. It’s able ski looser in tight terrain areas, but this hybrid freeride/frontside performance ski is heavier on the performance side.
There’s a range of scores for the Carving category, though most testers agree that the My Ranger 98 has good edge grip and favors GS turns. The ski has a 17 m turn radius and felt sluggish in short swing turns. All in all, tester comments on carving are summed up by one remark: “Stomp it on boiler plate and the edges will be there for you.”
The Gear Institute Women’s Ski test took place over three days at Snowbird, Utah, in March of 2018. Six female testers skied each of the skis in the test and completed a detailed test card after each test run. Testers ranged from Olympians, to former racers and coaches to ski instructors and skiers who prefer backcountry/off-piste conditions. Categories were concluded on the same day so that skis were tested during similar conditions and on the same terrain. An in-depth look into construction and performance of the skis took place in Vail, CO, during a December industry event where testers skied on all test skis under similar conditions.
Testers were instructed to view each ski as a “Tabula Rasa,” or blank slate. Test cards included initial rankings of Favorite, Excellent, Good and Awful. Testers were asked to list three things they both liked and disliked about each ski as well as answering the question, “Who is the ideal customer?” Lastly, testers rated the criteria in terms of best to worst in the following mini-categories; Responsiveness, Stability, Float, Carving and Versatility.
Krista Crabtree- Skiing
Passionate about women’s ski camps and women-specific gear, Krista organizes women’s ski programs at Eldora and Vail, including her own camp called She Skis. A former editor at SKI Magazine, she currently runs the ski test for OnTheSnow.com.